The Three Investigators: The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot

The Mystery of the Stuttering Parrot

Series Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators
Illustrator
unknown
Author Robert Arthur
Year 1971 (first published 1967)
Publisher Armada
ISBN unknown

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THE THREE INVESTIGATORS
“We Investigate Anything”
Jupiter Jones
Peter Crenshaw
Bob Andrews

When Mr. Silver dies he leaves a real ‘skull-buster’ for the Three Investigators to puzzle out. A valuable masterpiece must be found and the only clues the boys have to work with are seven parrots—who just won’t talk! And Huganay, the international art thief, is hot on the same trail! Continue reading

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes

Illustrator Sidney Paget, Michael Coote (colour)
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Year 1993 (first published 1921-1927)
Publisher Wordsworth
ISBN 1-85326-070-3

This volume completes the canon of the illustrated Sherlock Holmes stories reprinted from The Strand Magazine. It contains the short story series Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes, The Valley of Fear, a sinister novella which appeared in 1914-1915, His Last Bow: The War Service of Sherlock Holmes and the last twelve stories The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes.

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Get Me to the Wake on Time

Get Me to the Wake on Time

Illustrator unknown
Author various
Introduction Alfred Hitchcock
Year 1974
Publisher Mayflower
ISBN 583-12263-9

THIS BOOK
WILL JUST
KILL YOU!

Alfred Hitchcock is a kindly man. It grieves him to think that a certain group of citizens don’t get the public attention their deeds merit. True, they prefer it that way… in fact the last thing they want is publicity. But Alfie knows best, and he’s devoted a long time to making known the special talents of these modest murderers.

Together with some friends Alfred Hitchcock has collected fourteen spine-tingling, knee-knocking, finger-biting stories to keep you in suspense. Continue reading

Games Killers Play

Games Killers Play

Illustrator unknown
Author various
Introduction Alfred Hitchcock
Year 1974 (first published 1967)
Publisher Mayflower
ISBN 583-12262-0

MURDER
IS
NASTY…

Nice people don’t do it. Of course not. That’s why the world is so safe. That’s why we all live to a ripe old age. So keep smiling and above all don’t get nervous.

Because that master of murderous mayhem, Alfred Hitchcock, is about to introduce you to as convincing a crew of keen killers and mangled victims as you’d never care to meet. Continue reading

Return of The Shadow

Return of The Shadow

Illustrator unknown
Author Walter B. Gibson
Year 1966 (first published 1963)
Publisher Brown Watson
ISBN unknown

“THE SHADOW KNOWS . . .”

“Your life,” probed the hypnotic voice from the shadows, “is no longer your own. It belongs to me now. I shall improve it. I shall make it useful. But I shall risk it, too. Perhaps I shall lose it, for I have lost lives, just as I have saved them.

“This is my code: life, with enjoyment, with danger, with excitement. Life, above all, with honour. And in return, I demand obedience. Absolute obedience.”

“I promise,” whispered The Shadow’s new agent. “I swear absolute obedience…”

THE SHADOW – a strange creature clad in black with strange powers over men’s minds and a mocking laugh which is the avenger’s chilling note of triumph.

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More Great Adventure Stories

More Great Adventure Stories

Illustrator unknown
Author unknown
Year 1978
Publisher Dean & Son
ISBN unknown

Turtle Island, The Chinese Pirates, Sitting Bull, The Covered Wagons, Magellan and Elcano, The Conquest of the Poles, Robin Hood, The Crusades, Medieval Tournaments, The Flying Dutchman and The Abominable Snowman

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The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes

The Secret Archives of Sherlock Holmes

Illustrator Christina Griffiths (cover design)
Author June Thomson
Year 2012
Publisher Allison & Busby
ISBN 978-0-7490-1136-9

A mysterious veiled lady carries a counterfeit painting into an art dealer’s office.
A widow with three hands slips out of a church door.
A farmer lies dead in a barn, his son accused of his murder.
A skeleton with a silver locket is unearthed in a back garden.
What do they have in common?
The famous resident of 221b Baker Street.

From the gas-lit clamour of London’s streets, to the isolated Welsh countryside, the great detective Sherlock Holmes, accompanied as always by his faithful friend and biographer Dr Watson, must solve cases as complex as any he has known before, some of which bring him face to face with old enemies from the past, figures left behind in the mists of the Reichenbach Falls…

A brand new cache of original cases from the brilliant imagination of June Thomson displays the master of the art of deduction at his intriguing best and proves that the game is still very much afoot.

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Thanks to the local library for the cover!

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds

Sherlock Holmes and the Queen of Diamonds

Illustrator Derek Colligan
Author Steve Hayes and David Whitehead
Year 2012
Publisher Robert Hale
ISBN 978-0-7090-9478-4

Thomas Howard of Missouri came out of nowhere, one foggy night, to rescue Countess Elaina Montague from rape and robbery. He was in England, he said, to find his brother, who had disappeared. To repay him, the beautiful Countess offered to enlist her friend, Sherlock Holmes, to help in the search.

At the time Holmes was investigating a rash of audacious jewel-thefts and, much to Watson’s dismay, spending altogether too much time at the music-hall. But because the Great Detective felt that there was more to the mysterious Mr Howard than met the eye, he accepted the case.

This in turn led to their involvement in a vicious blood-feud, a spectacular – not to mention death-defying – daylight robbery, the possibility of a serious diplomatic incident and finally, a thrilling climax below the brooding River Thames.

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Thanks to the local library for the cover!

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Illustrator Sidney Paget, Michael Coote (colour)
Author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Year 1992 (first published 1887-1893)
Publisher Wordsworth
ISBN 1-85326-033-9

This edition of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes contains the earliest cases of the greatest fictional detective of all time. It comprises A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of Four and the complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, reprinted from The Strand Magazine. It is illustrated by Sidney Paget, the finest of illustrators, from whom our images of Sherlock Holmes and his world derive.

This is the first of three volumes of The Complete Sherlock Holmes reproduced from original copies of The Strand Magazine. The three books will present all the Holmes stories arranged chronologically in order of first publication.

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The Three Investigators: The Secret of Terror Castle

The Three Investigators: The Secret of Terror Castle

Series Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators
Illustrator
unknown
Author Robert Arthur
Year 1975 (first published 1967)
Publisher Armada
ISBN unknown

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THE THREE INVESTIGATORS
“We Investigate Anything”
Jupiter Jones
Peter Crenshaw
Bob Andrews

This is The Three Investigators’ business card—and their first assignment: to investigate a haunted house for that Master of Mystery, Alfred Hitchcock. But Terror Castle, looming through the mists of Black Canyon, seems to have more than its fair share of spooks . . . Continue reading

The Curse of the Egyptian Mummy

Illustrator Laurence Hutchins
Author Pat Hutchins
Year 1985 (first published 1983)
Publisher Fontana
ISBN 0-00-672463-9

The room plunged into darkness and the door burst open. A white bandaged figure stood in the doorway. A piercing scream filled the air: The Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb!

It’s the first day of the Cub Scouts’ camping holiday, and things have gone wrong from the start. A body is found, an Egyptian statue is dug out of a dustbin, their tents are ransacked. And then this dramatic appearance. Continue reading

The Mona Lisa Mystery

Illustrator Laurence Hutchins
Author Pat Hutchins
Year 1987 (first published 1981)
Publisher Fontana
ISBN 0-00-672589-9

“Paris, here we come!” screamed Class 3 of the Hampstead Primary School as the bus drove off.

Morgan, glancing out of the back window, was the first to spot the bearded man in the black Citröen, cruising behind them.

Was he following them?

The plot thickens when a second mysterious bearded man appears on the ferry boat, and the children find themselves swept up in a riotous adventure in which they become entangled with a group of art thieves intent upon stealing the MONA LISA! Continue reading

The Three Investigators: The Mystery of the Talking Skull

Series Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators
Illustrator
unknown
Author Robert Arthur
Year 1974 (first published 1969)
Publisher Armada
ISBN unknown

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THE THREE INVESTIGATORS
“We Investigate Anything”
Jupiter Jones
Peter Crenshaw
Bob Andrews

When Jupiter buys an old trunk, he’s stunned to find a skull inside—especially one that talks! The skull gives him a muddle of information about disappearing victims and hidden wealth. It just doesn’t make sense. And are the clues hidden in the trunk, or in the skull itself? Whether they like it or not, the Three Investigators have another mystery to solve . . .

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Twistaplot 2: The Train of Terror

Illustrator Victor Stabin (cover), David Febland
Author Louise Munro Foley
Year 1982
Publisher Scholastic
ISBN 0-590-32499-3

Do you dare to ride…

THE TRAIN OF TERROR?

It’s no ordinary train. In one car, a beautiful woman is turning passengers into robots! In another, a scarfaced man watches your every move! And you are sure that the person next to you is a jewel thief! How will you get away from these people?

  • If you try to outwit the robot woman, turn to page 54.
  • If you want to find out what the scarfaced man is doing with that knife, turn to page 38.
  • If you decide to forget your trip and join up with the jewel thief, turn to page 42.

Be warned! In a Twistaplot book, you decide what path to take and what to do once you get there. The wrong choice could cost you your life. The right one could make you a star! The choice is up to you.

So climb aboard and see where you and The Train of Terror are headed!

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Seven Great Detective Stories

Illustrators Ben Otero (cover), Michael Lowenbein
Editor William H. Larson
Year 1979 (first published 1968)
Publisher Golden
ISBN 0-307-21627-6

“ELEMENTARY MY DEAR WATSON”

Elementary? You may not agree after you’ve matched wits with some of the greatest detectives in all literature.

In these classic tales of mystery, such remarkable detectives as Father Brown, The Thinking Machine, and the incomparable Sherlock Holmes display their deductive skills in some very baffling cases.

So sharpen your own deductive powers and plunge into this murky, mysterious world. But watch out! The murderer might be lurking around the next page… Continue reading

The World of Sherlock Holmes

The World of Sherlock Holmes

Illustrator Mary Evans
Author Michael Harrison
Year 1975 (first published 1973)
Publisher Nel Mentor
ISBN 450-02410-5

‘Mr Harrison is perhaps the doyen of Sherlockians.’ Pamela Hansford Johnson

Why did Sherlock Holmes visit America? What did he do for Vanderbilt? Why did he remain silent about the identity of Jack the Ripper? What was the secret of the Vatican Cameos? Why did the kings of Denmark, Sweden and Holland, the Sultan of Turkey, the President of the United States and the Emperor of All the Russias confer on Holmes their highest decorations? Continue reading

Sherlock Holmes: The Famous Biography

Sherlock Holmes: The Famous Biography

Illustrator Richard Clifton-Dey
Author W. S. Baring-Gould
Year 1975 (first published 1962)
Publisher Granada
ISBN 586-04260-1

THE GREATEST SLEUTH EVER KNOWN

Sherlock Holmes has become a legend, his very name synonymous with brilliant crime detection. Here is the first comprehensive biography of the man, written with scrupulous accuracy, thoroughness and a warm infectious enthusiasm. Tracing Holmes’s career, W. S. Baring-Gould has revealed many hitherto unknown facts: his parentage and early life, his somewhat erratic years at Oxford, Cambridge and Bart’s, as well as an interlude on the stage in Britain and America. Holmes’s little-known relationships with other celebrities of the time – including King Edward VII, Karl Marx, Lewis Carroll and Bernard Shaw – are put in the perspective of his mysterious ‘missing years.’

For those long acquainted with Holmes’s superb feats of detection and newcomers to the classic accounts of his exploits alike, Sherlock Holmes provides fascinating and unputdownable reading.

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